Mailbag: Will Disney/Marvel change convention-commission culture?
Q: Continuing the copyright debate, the Walt Disney Company, which is notorious for defending its IP, acquired Marvel about a year ago. What does this mean for events like comic book conventions, where the sale of unofficial Marvel fan art is common-place?
A: That’s a question we’ve all been asking since the merger was announced. Unfortunately, no one knows the answer. If Disney decides to defend its copyright, then it’s going to cause some serious changes. If they don’t, then it won’t.
The bottom line is this: If you accept money for drawing someone else’s trademarked property, then you’re in dicey territory. You know it and I know it. If the IP-owner defends their rights, you’re toast.
In other words, as I said earlier: “It’s legal ’til you get caught.” 🙂